Re: How to use CreateProcess for multiple processes?

Ami <>
Wed, 19 Nov 2008 02:52:25 -0800 (PST)
On Nov 19, 8:44 am, Tommy <> wrote:

Tommy wrote:

Tommy wrote:

So its a perpetual motion concept, which stops when the bucket is empt=


Ami, I wrote this very quickly to illustrate the bucket/worker threads
method. Attached is:


Note: I wrote this very quickly, and its proof of concept. I'm sure
there are part that can be done more cleanly or C++ correct.

Attached is slightly cleaner testmaster, CBucket had missing
destructor, added sync to Add function.

Note, I change the constant MAX_WORKERS = 20 and it screamed on my
machine. :-) With good simulation of testslave, you can make your
master pretty solid.

[testmaster.cpp4K ]#include <stdio.h>
#include <afx.h>
#include <afxtempl.h>
#include <conio.h>


const DWORD MAX_JOBS = 100;
const char *SLAVE_EXE = "testslave.exe";

typedef struct _tagTSlaveData {
   char szUser[256];
   char szPwd[256];
   char szHost[256];

} TSlaveData;

typedef struct _tagTThreadData {
   DWORD index;
   DWORD dwStartTime;
   DWORD dwEndTime;
   DWORD dwExitCode;
   TSlaveData sd;

} TThreadData;

class CBucket : public CList< TSlaveData, TSlaveData>
    CBucket() { InitializeCriticalSection(&cs); }
    ~CBucket() { DeleteCriticalSection(&cs); }
    void Add( const TSlaveData &o )
         AddHead( o );

    void Add(const char *user, const char *pwd, const char *host)
         TSlaveData td = {0};
    BOOL Fetch(TSlaveData &o)
         BOOL res = !IsEmpty();
         if (res) o = RemoveTail();
         return res;

} Bucket;

// Slave Work

BOOL SlaveWork(TThreadData *data)
    ZeroMemory(&si, sizeof(si));
    ZeroMemory(&pi, sizeof(pi));

    CString sCmd;
    sCmd.Format("%s %d /user:%s /pwd:%s /host:%s",

    if (!CreateProcess(NULL, (LPSTR &)sCmd,
                       NULL, NULL, FALSE, 0, NULL=

, NULL, &si, &pi)) {

        return FALSE;
    if (WAIT_OBJECT_0== WaitForSingleObject(pi.hProcess, INFINITE=

)) {

       GetExitCodeProcess(pi.hProcess, &data->dwExitCode);
    return TRUE;


void WINAPI SlaveThread(TThreadData *data)
    data->dwStartTime = GetTickCount();
    TSlaveData sd;
    while (Bucket.Fetch(sd)) {
        data->sd = sd;
    data->dwEndTime = GetTickCount();


void DoThreads()
    TThreadData ThreadData[MAX_WORKERS] = {0};

    HANDLE hThreads[MAX_WORKERS] = {0};
    DWORD tid;
    DWORD i;
    for(i=0;i < MAX_WORKERS; i++){
        ThreadData[i].index = i;
        hThreads[i] = CreateThread(
                      (LPTHREAD_START_ROUTINE) Slav=


                      (void *)&ThreadData[i],

    DWORD dwMasterTime = GetTickCount();
    DWORD nRemaining = 0;
    while (WaitForMultipleObjects(MAX_WORKERS, hThreads, TRUE, 1000) =


       int n = Bucket.GetSize();
       if (n != nRemaining) {
          nRemaining = n;
          printf("- Remaining: %d\n",nRemaining);
       if (_kbhit() && _getch() == 27) {
    dwMasterTime = GetTickCount() - dwMasterTime;
    _cprintf("* Done\n");

    // show some thread times

    DWORD dwTime = 0;
    for (i = 0; i < MAX_WORKERS; i++) {
       TThreadData dt = ThreadData[i];
       dwTime += dt.dwEndTime-dt.dwStartTime;
       printf("%-3d | Time: %-6d\n",
    printf("Total Slave Time : %d\n",dwTime);
    printf("Total Master Time : %d\n",dwMasterTime);


void FillBucket()
    for (int i = 0; i < MAX_JOBS; i++)
         Bucket.Add("user","password", "host");


// Main Thread

int main(char argc, char *argv[])



    return 0;


Hello Tommy,
     Many thanks for such a detailed explanation. your code rocks. I
will be adopting it for my need and let you know in case of any
Thanks a bunch again.. you really ROCK!!

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